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 - The Abyei Administrative Area (AAA) is a contested zone located on the central border between South Sudan and Sudan. Its status has remained unresolved since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, and the governments failed to agree on the border division. A United Nations peacekeeping mission, the United Nations Interim Security Force ...read more
01/08/2017
 - Chestnut (Castanea species) are trees providing crucial resources for livelihoods in many parts of the world, with a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits. The Asian chestnut gall wasp (ACGW) Dryocosmus kuriphilus Yasumatsu (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) is considered to be one of the most harmful insect pests of chestnut ...read more
27/07/2017
 - Tsetse-transmitted trypanosomosis is a lethal parasitic disease of humans and livestock. The disease severely limits mixed livestock–crop agriculture in over 10 million km2 of highly productive land in sub-Saharan Africa. Direct and indirect losses due to trypanosomosis are estimated in billions of dollars every year. The disease is often neglected ...read more
23/07/2017
 - After more than 50 years of internal armed conflict, Colombia is experiencing a moment of hope thanks to the Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ‒ People’s Army (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo [FARC‒EP]). Within this context, the Food ...read more
05/07/2017
 - This policy brief explores gaps and challenges related to managing recurrent climatic events that iteratively trigger agriculture and food insecurity disasters in eastern Africa. For over 40 years, natural hazards (mainly droughts, floods and landslides) have affected millions of people in the eastern Africa subregion. The impact of these hazards ...read more
03/07/2017
 -  This information sheet presents some key facts on an emerging threat to public health globally which can cause severe respiratory infections in humans: the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). It also describes the One Health coordinating role of FAO in reducing the risk of MERS-CoV at the human-animal inter- ...read more
13/06/2017
 - The number and frequency of recorded natural disasters, along with the associated impact and damage to livelihoods and economies (local, national), are increasing significantly. Natural disasters often destroy critical agricultural assets and infrastructure, disrupting production cycles, trade flows and livelihoods means. This affects food security and causes additional disruptions throughout ...read more
23/05/2017
 - The Desert Locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is the world’s most dangerous migratory pest with a voracious appetite unmatched in the insect world. Established in 1955 by FAO, when the world was in the midst of a 12-year-long Desert Locust plague, the Desert Locust Control Committee (DLCC) is the primary forum that ...read more
04/05/2017
 - Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when micro-organisms – bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites – evolve resistance to antimicrobial substances, like antibiotics, antifungals and others. This occurs naturally through adaptation to the environment or through selective pressure when microorganisms come into contact with antimicrobials. The process is accelerated when there is inappropriate ...read more
11/04/2017
 - This information fact sheet sets out to show how an SMS Gateway system developed by FAO has been used to improve rural communication, support animal disease crisis management and contribute to livelihood resilience for small-scale farmers. Focusing on the case study of avian influenza in Bangladesh, the information factsheet explores ...read more
05/04/2017